San Marcos, Texas- The Texas State men’s basketball team used a balanced offensive attack and its best defensive effort of the season to defeated Southwest Assemblies of God 110-65 Wednesday night in Strahan Coliseum.Senior guard Brent Benson, freshman guard John Bowman and sophomore forward Cameron Johnson each scored 14 points to lead the Bobcats. In addition, sophomore center Ty Gough scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds to join Johnson as the top rebounders in the game.
Brandon Bush, Jonathan Sloan also scored nine points, while Dylan Moseley added eight points and John Rybak and Roshun Jackson each scored eight points for the Bobcats.
“The win was well-needed,” Texas State head coach Doug Davalos said. “We talked a lot about adversity coming into tonight’s game and coming off two losses we just wanted to focus on the fundamentals of basketball and trying to get the process right.”
The Bobcats entered the game looking to even its record to 3-3 after suffering back to back losses at Wyoming and Northern Colorado despite scoring 96 points at Wyoming and 93 points at Northern Colorado.
“We played a lot of players, but the emphasis on tonight’s game was not on offense,” Davalos said. “We wanted to play great defense, just five-for-five making stop and we did that. We held them on their shooting to a very low percentage and that was how we won the game.”
Texas State forced Southwest Assemblies into 26 turnovers and collected a season-high 11 steals. The Bobcats also held the Lions to 38.5 percent shooting (25-65) from the field, including 35.7 percent (5-14) beyond the three-point line. Another key statistic was that Texas State was charged with a season-low 20 personal fouls after being charged with 36 personal fouls at Wyoming and 31 at Northern Colorado.
“Getting stops was the key to reaching our goals for tonight,” Davalos added. “The team did a great job and the half court press and our defense really won us the game tonight.”
Getting those stops also allowed the Bobcats to break open a close game in which Southwest Assemblies held a 9-8 lead with 16 minutes to play in the opening half. But, Texas State allowed the Lions to score just 12 points the rest of the period and closed out the half with a 45-12 run to take a 53-20 lead at the half and never looked back.
The Bobcats closed out the game outscoring the Lions 57-45 in the second half to win their second home game of the season. Texas State returns to the road when the Bobcats travel to Rice this Saturday and go to Texas on Dec. 13 before playing host to New Orleans on Dec. 15.
by Rick Poulter
Texas State Athletics